This novel tells the story of Roscoe Lee Marcks, one of the history’s most notorious serial killers, who sits in a maximum security prison serving a life sentence—until he stages a brutal and well-executed escape. Although the US Marshals Service’s fugitive task force enlists the help of FBI profiler Karen Vail to launch a no-holds-barred manhunt, the savvy and elusive Marcks has other plans—which include killing his own daughter. As the pressure builds to catch Marcks, Vail turns to the retired profiling legend responsible for Marcks’s original capture, who may just hold the key to stopping him.
Like most avid readers, I have probably read hundreds of books, trying to make sure that I have conquered most of the bestsellers, and at the same time kept abreast with those new authors that emerge every season. I have been doing this for many years, and during my time in the book industry thousands of books have passed through our doors.
It seems that when a highly acclaimed book gets overlooked, it’s like that Oscar winning movie you never got around to seeing. I didn’t see Schindler’s List until it had been out on video for several years, and I never saw Titanic – but do know how it ends. So, those books missed seldom get much consideration.
After the interview was over, I went to our inventory and picked up a copy of The Day After Tomorrow, went to my desk and browsed the web to see what I could learn about it. As it turns out, this book received the highest advance ever paid for a book up to that time, two million dollars, and it opened #3 on the New York Times list. At the time, I must have known about it, as we do have it in our inventory, and the author signed it and subsequent titles – but I never read it. (more…)